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Jazz Musician Musa Manzini Plays Guitar While Undergoing Brain Surgery [Watch]

first_imgSuccessful brain surgery is quite an accomplishment within the medical and scientific fields. Undergoing successful brain surgery while playing a standard G-scale on the guitar however, well, that’s an entirely different viral news story altogether!That was just the case for South African musician Musa Manzini, who recently underwent an awake craniotomy where he was recorded consciously playing guitar while doctors worked on removing a tumor in his brain.The surprisingly-common medical procedure allows doctors to cut open a patient’s skull to operate on sensitive areas of the brain without putting him or her out completely with the use of anesthesia. Such techniques have been captured on film and shared across the Internet in the past, and Manzini is now the latest musician to say they’ve continued jamming while undergoing what can be a pretty intense procedure.Manzini first learned he had a brain tumor back in 2006 and has since undergone multiple surgeries in the attempt to remove it. Earlier this year, however, he began feeling “numb and clumsy” while playing guitar, leading to the discovery that his tumor had returned. Manzini chose to undergo an awake craniotomy this time around, where after being temporarily put under with an intravenous anesthetic, he was gently woken once surgeons had reached his brain. Aside from injections of local anesthetic to numb the sensitive nerves in the surrounding skin areas, Manzini was completely awake and subject to the awkwardness of undergoing major surgery while being conscious.Manzini’s ability to play guitar while surgeons worked away at his brain actually came at the request of the doctors, not the musician. By having him use his physical motor skills to play the guitar, doctors were simply making sure they were not removing any critical tissue. This process is known as cortical mapping, and allows the doctors to stimulate different parts of the patient’s cortex to test which areas were functional using small electrodes.“We wanted to make sure we took as much of the tumor as we safely could, but preserve his dexterity,” Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad, who was part of the surgery team, mentioned about the procedure. “We had to ensure that whatever pathways he was using for music were preserved. There’s no single pathway, but a multitude that interact.” The report goes on to state that such precision with a procedure like this would be impossible without the patient being awake.“There’s this loud sucking sound and stuff, yet I don’t feel no pain at all,” Manzini said of the process, which was captured on film and can be watched in the brief video below. “It’s like you’re in between being dead and being alive.”Brain Surgery Jam Session[Video: News24]The surgery was considered a success, with doctors estimating that 90 percent of the tumor was removed before wrapping the procedure. Manzini was reportedly discharged from the hospital a few days later and has since been recovering at his home.[H/T New York Times]last_img read more

Depth gives Ellsworth girls’ basketball 2-0 start

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team pulled away from close halftime scores to win its first two games of the season.Ellsworth broke a 24-24 tie with Central en route to a 52-39 victory at home Tuesday night.“Central is a very tough team defensively,” Ellsworth coach Andy Pooler said. “All it takes is one big shot to really kick us into gear.”That shot came at the end of the third quarter when Kate Whitney hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining, giving Ellsworth a 37-33 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPooler said Whitney, a senior transfer student from Machias, has drastically added to the team.“She brings a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge and skill,” Pooler said. “She complements our team really well. It takes the pressure off of them.”Pooler said Whitney’s presence frees senior Madison Card up for shots as well as senior Caitlin Bean to play the post where she’s comfortable.“She’s just such a scrapper,” Pooler said of Bean. “And Madison has been playing really well.”Momentum stayed with Ellsworth in the final period, when the Eagles outscored Central 15-6.Bean knocked down a total of 14 points, and Card added 12 to pace Ellsworth to the win.Pooler said that with the depth of talent on his team, he doesn’t know who will be the team’s leading scorer in a given game.“Each night, it’s somebody different,” Pooler said. “We’re small, but you can’t measure our heart.”Ellsworth 53, Foxcroft 39Ellsworth rolled past Foxcroft behind Kate Whitney’s game-high 23 points for the season-opening win on Friday.Madison Card and Hannah Sargent each contributed 11 points for Ellsworth.Piscataquis 52, GSA 40Piscataquis never trailed on Monday en route to earning its second win of the season.Morgan Dauk paced George Stevens Academy with 15 points, and Mazie Smallidge added 12.Sumner 50, Bucksport 41Taya Moore and Anna Young led Sumner with 12 and 11 points in helping the Tigers defeat Bucksport on Monday.Breanna Coombs led Bucksport with a game-high 16 points, and Cassie Coombs added 11.Searsport 50, DI-S 28Melinda Ogden poured in 20 points to lead Searsport by Deer Isle-Stonington on Monday.Ally Eaton paced DI-S with 11 points.GSA 55, DI-S 15Morgan Dauk and Mazie Smallidge combined for 17 points in the first quarter to lead GSA to the season-opening victory on Friday.Dauk recorded 22 points and 19 rebounds while Smallidge scored 16 with 12 rebounds. Hanna Gutow recorded five assists in the first half.Ally Eaton led DI-S with eight points.Searsport 38, Bucksport 26Searsport topped Bucksport on Friday.MDI 62, Old Town 31Sierra Tapley scored a game-high 22 points for Mount Desert Island in the team’s season-opening win Friday.WA 59, Sumner 41Nicole Mitchell scored 21 points to lead Washington Academy to victory on Friday.Taya Moore led Sumner with 13 points. Taylor Merchant added 12, and Casco Haley had 10.Ellsworth’s Caitlin Bean drives in past a Central defender for a layup on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSEllsworth’s Madison Card dribbles past a Central player on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSEllsworth’s Hannah Sargent fakes out a Central player with a no-look pass on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFind more photos of this game here. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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